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Vespaio

4.4
4.4
1883 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Get wined and dined downtown at Chef Agostino Sciandri’s newest restaurant, located in the Emerson.

We are DTLA's premier power lunch or per theater date spot! Join us for a truly authentic italian dining experience, the likes of which will delivery your senses strait back to Tuscany.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Fish, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 221-7244

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Agostino Sciandri

  • Private party facilities

    We are thrilled to offer full service event planning at our restaurant for you and up to 400 of your guests. Please get in touch today to plan your unforgettable event.

  • Private party contact

    Elena Cali: (833) 903-0956

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    On Grand, between 2nd and 3rd Street.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,883 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Italian

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  1. CB

    CiaraB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place! I have been three times now and it never disappoints! The food is always delicious and the service is incredible!! The patio is also beautiful.
  2. BR

    BirgitR

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. The service was pretty good. The people bringing out the food seemed very uninvolved and literally plonked the food in front of us. A little eye contact and care would have been nice. Waitress taking our order was sweet. Front desk staff excellent.
  3. AG

    AviG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    Service is excellent when the restaurant is half full. When at capacity, all tables taken, the attention to detail disappears. The small things that set apart a great restaurant from a cafeteria. However the food doesn’t suffer. I’m happy about that.
  4. M

    Michael

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service was great and we enjoyed the food. Interesting menu.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food, uneven pours 😬 very busy place but nice experience overall!
  6. MA

    MarkA

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We really like the food here, it’s always been too notch, But three times now and the service has been lacking each time. Slow (maybe that’s on the kitchen) and inattentive, even when you tell them you’re on timeline for the theater. Should be able to do dinner (without dessert) in less than 90 minutes. Probably not coming back unless we’ve got no commitment afterward.
  7. RE

    RochelleE

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The "specical" halibut main course arrived DRY and COLD. What a disappointment.
  8. HB

    HBDiner

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to dine before a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall or any other venue at the Music Center. High quality, authentic, reasonably priced cuisine served very capably. Service was a bit harried, but they took very good care of us. Comprehensive wine list with many of our personal favorites from Italy and elsewhere with options by the glass and bottle for any budget. Highly recommended.
  9. B

    Bennington

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious lunch before a concert at Disney Hall. Our server, Moises, was the best -- courteous, well-informed and thoughtful.
  10. B

    Blockhead

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    A nice place with very good service, but my Wagyu Burger was supposed to be medium rare and it arrived medium well. The fries were soggy. I didn’t return it because I was with 2 other people and it kind of ruins the overall experience when one person returns something. Always an uncomfortable experience for someone.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant provides excellent service. Got our food ready and on time to be able to go to Walt Disney concert Hall. The fish was excellent and the tagliatelle was delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our 4th dinner here, and we enjoyed it very much. The service from everyone is excellent and friendly. The food is delicious and very well prepared. It was very convenient to walk here after an Opera at the Music Center.
  13. O

    Omnivore

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Vespaio has really improved over the years. The large, sheltered front patio with ceiling heaters is delightful and great for people watching on Grand Avenue. The service is very good. And the food is the biggest improvement. We had a seasonal bean soup, calamari, a handmade pasta bolognese and two fish entrees (branzino with spinach and salmon). The soup was delicious and the calamari was out of this world. The pasta was next-level: perfectly al dente and richly but lightly sauced. The branzino was good but the salmon was a bit overcooked. That was the only off note in the meal. Great selection of wines, both Italian and new world, with a few French selections. Prices for food and wine were reasonable. All in all this has become an excellent choice on Bunker Hill, and a perfect pre- or post-theater spot, especially now that Kendall’s has hit the skids. Vespaio is really doing something right.
  14. W

    Warrior

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance, delicious food, and great service!
  15. TM

    TerryM

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed a wonderful lunch before the opera. Arriving at 11:45, Vespaio was not at all crowded. Prompt, friendly service, we placed our order well before the restaurant began to fill. We went for two of the daily specials, a grilled prawn salad with arugula, shaved fennel, citrus and pomegranate. The entree was the grilled bronzino, over a bed of sauteed spinach with a lemon caper sauce, superbly prepared. The wine list is extensive and not outrageously priced. Once again, Vespaio delighted and we will keep returning for relaxed dining on the patio.
  16. LH

    LawrenceH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We tried Vespaio a month ago, and the food and service were very good--enough so that we suggested it to friends for dinner after LA Phil. This time everything was wrong and off. They sat us in the outer area without asking if we wanted to be there. Then they sat 6 young women in the adjoining table--who were very loud (with one super loud laugher), and wearing enough perfume to interfere with our taste buds. Kale salad was definitely bad. We had veal chop which was ok, salmon which was undercooked--because waitress did not ask before or after how we wanted it cooked, guests had Risotto which was barely ok, and other guest had pasta which she actually enjoyed. I had truly the WORST cup of decaf coffee I ever had, but again, since waitress never checked on "refilling" I was stuck. Dessert of bombolini donuts were ok, but not worth $12. All in all, it was ok the first time, but after this second time, we cannot take a chance on going back.
  17. D

    Dining101

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The staff and amboence was good. We were greeted warmly and referred to by name. My 10 year old granddaughter was treated as the young adult she is and not as a kid. My hot coffee was delicious. Unfortunately, the big letdown was the meal. My granddaughter's pasta was dry and served lukewarm. My salmon was not fully cooked and was served with some kind of muddy brown root vegetables that appeared left over from Thanksgiving. I sent the plate back and it returned warmed up and the salmon cooked but I was disappointed because you can't really fix it once it's wrong. I will return as I was there last week and eveything was fine but Vespaio's remains spotty on its food. Currently, I would not recommend Vespaio except for the pizza and pastries.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good pre-show spot.
  19. GM

    GMann

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Diner quality food at upscale restaurant prices. The happy hour menu prices are reasonable, but the food just isn't very good. Nothing special. Very basic. Too bad because it used to be better. And the service was average at best. Lots of servers standing around talking while we're waiting for water, waiting for menus, waiting for someone to ask if we need anything. Disappointing based on our experiences there pre-pandemic.
  20. R

    Redvinemama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have been to Vespaio many times, both for dinner and for special events, but this is the first time I have been there for the Happy Hour, and it was a revelation! The Happy Hour is available at the bar from 4:00-7:00 on some weekdays, and it was perfect for a delicious but relatively inexpensive meal before a weeknight show at the Ahmanson. The restaurant was not crowded or noisy on a weeknight, and the service was very attentive and helpful, without being overbearing. By sitting at the bar, we could order from the Happy Hour menu and/or from the regular dinner menu. There were lots of choices, and we were very happy with our fried calamari and zucchini, mushroom pizza, and roasted broccoli and cauliflower. The bartender and the nearby patrons were warm and friendly, and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time!
  21. MT

    MaureenT

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful pre theatre dinner there. We will certainly come back! Everything was fabulous.
  22. BS

    BonnieS

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for before-theater dining. Excellent selection and quality, and very attentive service that didn't feel rushed but allowed us to make our curtain time. We ate outside on the covered patio and it was very comfortable.
  23. S

    Susan

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had an absolutely lovely pre-concert dinner at Vespaio recently. Our waiter was charming and attentive, and had excellent recommendations all around. It was bustling that evening, and our table for two was somewhat small and tucked next to another larger group. But the general ambience still made the experience feel private, and was very enjoyable overall. Porcini risotto was delightful, and our waiter didn't steer us wrong with the wine pairing, or dessert. We ended up returning for a nightcap after our show and enjoyed the bar, which had a robust list of spirits, and which had become much more quiet/subdued by the end of the night. Will absolutely be returning!
  24. MF

    MaryF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Vespaio understands theatre rush. We were cared for and out in time for our show.
  25. JS

    JohnS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vespaio continues to be our "go-to" place for brunch, before a concert at Disney Hall or the Music Center, on weekends. Even though they ceased their "brunch menu" a few weeks ago, there is plenty on their regular menu and the "specials" in the same categories as the regular menu. Be sure to ask the price of any special you are thinking of ordering (which is good advice for any restaurant, not just this one). Yesterday, there was a great sounding seafood pasta special with a half of a lobster tail. I asked and it was $50, which is way above their usual pasta dishes. Had I been so inclined, I would have ordered it, perhaps for dinner, but one of their regular seafood pastas was fine for me for brunch. Seating on the covered and sheltered patio is great, and the wait staff are excellent.
  26. M

    Maxincito

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I am really tired of massive servings of tart greens over everything. It ruined the carpaccio for me. Once things got busy, our server was all over the place and did not check back until we had to flag her down. The problem is most likely due to the understaffing, but, after previous visits, I had hoped for better.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always enjoy pre theater there. Problem this evening was they overbooked and still took walk in's. We were seated over 25 min after our reservation.
  28. CA

    ChesterATL

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time. The hostess was extremely rude. She told us if we weren’t happy with the wait time, we were free to leave. Since we had symphony tickets, we had to rush through our meal. The server was helpful and the food was OK. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. Especially if you have a timed event to make.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant was lovely and accommodating for our before show dinner. Wonderful food and even better wait staff and atmosphere - gracious dining at its best, in the heart of the theatre district. Highly recommend!
  30. LD

    LarryD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before a play at the Ahmanson. Was a little late getting there but wait staff made sure that we got to show on time. And definitely enjoyed our meal.
  31. EZ

    ErikaZ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal and service were lovely. Our table was next to kitchen. Not great seats.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    mid place mid food mid vibes… if My friends and I weren’t so awesome I’d be more upset about my experience. I enjoyed the eggplant Parmesan everything else dummy expensive for like what? So confused here
  33. D

    Disappointing

    Palm Springs

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Soup was flat and needed more spice, the chciken was very good. Server took way too long to pour the wine and never poured the $10 bottle of water, disappointing.
  34. RW

    RobertW

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Food and deserts are pricey. Men's restroom had no soap. Employee seen leaving men's bathroom without washing hands. Waiter never asked if we wanted more water and coffee when our glasses and cups were empty for quite a while. Even with a reservation, we were given a small table in the backroom of the restaurant.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. We came before the theater and they made sure to get us out in time.
  36. j

    jedaz

    Los Angeles

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out first visit definitely not our last at this incredible restaurant with delicious entrees and excellent service from very knowledgeable John T
  37. PC

    PatriciaC

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Minestrone and then mushroom risotto and for me a *loaded* seafood pasta with saffron sauce (a bit salty at the end) Nice place, good food. Service started rough, but they figured it out.
  38. b

    bczrx

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience was excellent, and the food was superb. The service was, as always, top-notch. We visit the Music Center around 7-10 times a year, and Vespaio is one of our go-to restaurants. Lately, it has been THE restaurant we go to. The only reason we don't dine at Vespaio more often is that we live over 120 miles away, and don't get to the down town Los Angeles area more often. One last comment, we have always been treated well by all employees, but have had a couple of interactions with the manager in the past. All I can say is that the manager of Vespaio treats us as if we were the most important customers of the day- even though we obviously are not. THAT is quality service that begins with this approach, set from the top, and extending through all who work there.
  39. JT

    JonathanT

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    The lighting in the restaurant is like a cafeteria.
  40. s

    suzy

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This was a disappointing experience. First, in spite of the fact I'd made reservations well in advance, we were led to a noisy table near the kitchen. We didn't get a wine menu, so it took a very long time to get glasses of wine. We then practically had to flag down the server to place our order. We were going to a concert, so time was important. The rice in my risotto was almost crunchy and the asparagus barely there. My friend's pasta was good, however. The women next to us didn't get their food for a very long time, even though they ordered before us.

FAQs

Vespaio does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Vespaio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 221-7244.

Vespaio is rated 4.4 stars by 1883 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Google Map for Vespaio

225 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On Grand, between 2nd and 3rd Street.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Fish, Steak

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Agostino Sciandri

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 221-7244

  • Private party facilities

    We are thrilled to offer full service event planning at our restaurant for you and up to 400 of your guests. Please get in touch today to plan your unforgettable event.

  • Private party contact

    Elena Cali: (833) 903-0956

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